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The Easiest Way to Make Weekly Guided Math Lesson Plans

Getting your guided math lesson plans together each week doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s how I plan an entire week of math instruction. For my classroom, there are three big things I spend my time thinking through and planning: Small group lessons Independent practice activities Math centers Guided Math

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5 Benefits of Small Group Math Instruction

It’s no secret that there are so many benefits of small group math instruction, but maybe you need a few reminders as to why you should be utilizing it over whole group instruction. Let’s talk through the 5 benefits of small group math instruction. The #1 Benefit of Small Group

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Word Work Centers: Everything You Need to Know

So many teachers find that their word work center is boring and time-consuming to set up, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Except for guided reading groups, one of the few centers that I take the time to plan and prep each week (or month) is the word

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Math Centers: Everything You Need to Know

Do you feel overwhelmed and perhaps a little disorganized when it comes to your running math centers? While there are three rotations for math workshop in my classroom, I want to give you a peek inside how to structure math centers. We’ll talk about how to choose math centers, where

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My Favorite Versions of the Three Little Pigs

I love teaching compare and contrast with different versions of the Three Little Pigs. And if you’re anything like me, you LOVE a good book list. So, I compiled a list of the top 10 versions of the Three Little Pigs! Plus, at the end of this post you can download

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How to Assess Math: A Friendly Debate

There’s always a bit of debating when it comes to talking about how to assess math skills. One question teachers often ask: Should students be allowed to take an assessment more than once? Without a doubt, YES. Let’s talk about why. How to Assess Math by Knowing Your Students First,

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Christmas Crafts in the Classroom

Not sure how to incorporate Christmas Crafts in the classroom? Read on here to learn how and why! I’ve taught primarily first and second grade for my entire teaching career, and doing Christmas crafts in the classroom are some of my favorite activities to plan! I know some teachers have

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How to Write Complete Sentences with a Fun Halloween Twist

Teaching students how to write complete sentences is such an important skill, but it can also be extremely difficult and frustrating! When students learn how to write complete sentences filled with descriptive details, their writing improves immensely. How do I teach students what makes a complete sentence? There are a

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Main Idea In A Paragraph: How to Win Big

Finding the main idea in a paragraph can be so hard for students to understand and find. Sharing with you today are some tips and realizations I’ve learned after teaching for many years, about how to best start main idea instruction! Learn some tips and suggestions here to help you

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